Oktoberfest after-parties

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Oktoberfest: The after-parties

****UPDATED FOR 2017****

Many will leave the Theresienwiese semi-conscious at 11pm after a day of Oktoberfest drinking, more than ready for a kebab and a good night’s sleep. Some however, will be ready to continue partying, drinking and dancing, and if that person sounds familiar, this post if for you. Here you can find a selection of post-Oktoberfest parties to help you party your way through the Wiesn.

Zur Gruam

Within walking distance to the Oktoberfest grounds – but far enough away for it to be a bit of an insider tip – is the Gruam, a tiny dive-bar. It’s full, lively and stays open late – I’ve walked past at ten in the morning before, and seen bleary-eyed people, smeared in eyeliner, staggering out of the Gruam.


Also very close to the Theresienwiese is Substanz, a dark little indie bar close to the Poccistr. U-Bahn. They host daily Oktoberfest parties that run until 3am.

Augustiner Bräustubn

Not necessarily a place to head after the Wiesn, as they close early, but it’s definitely an alternative to Oktoberfest, if you need a break. Located on the Landsberger Str., the Augustiner Bräustubn is the home of Munich’s oldest beer. It’s traditional and cosy, but expect to wait to be seated during Oktoberfest. Their pancakes are absurdly large and very delicious.


In the city centre, the Milchbar os open daily from 10pm till dawn to help revellers round their night off.


Löwenbräukeller is a huge beer hall close to Stiglmaierplatz and throughout Oktoberfest, they host daily (except Sundays) open-end parties. It’s guaranteed to be loud, rowdy and full – but if you’re after a piece of the action, it’s probably the place to be.

Alte Kongresshalle

Just a couple of minutes west of the Theresienwiese is the Alte Kongresshalle. They’re hosting the Wiesnclub, a fairly upmarket post-Oktoberfest party that gets underway at 10pm. It’s the kind of place that has champagne and freshly grilled snacks…


The mellow alternative is to grab a beer from a kiosk and sit by the Isar (if the weather’s warm enough), or head to NXWS, a brand new pop-up club close to the Oktoberfest grounds.

Categories Oktoberfest


I'm Rachel, the author behind Arts in Munich. I moved to Munich in the summer of 2008, and work as an editor in the city. I also do freelance work for the BBC, MONOCLE, Singapore Airlines and Kaltblut, among others, and previously wrote for the Huffington Post and Electronic Beats.

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